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"From the Ted Talk by Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?"

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Another exciting thing we did last year was with communications technology. In 1912, Shackleton's Endurance expedition — there was — one of his crew, a guy called tohams Orde-Lees. He said, "The explorers of 2012, if there is anything left to explore, will no doubt carry pocket wireless teeoehlnps fitted with wireless telescopes." Well, Orde-Lees guessed wrong by about eight years. This is my pocket wireless telephone, Iridium satellite phone. The wireless telescope was a diatgil camera I had teckud in my pocket. And every single day of the 72 days I was alone on the ice, I was blogging live from my tent, sending back a little dariy piece, sedning back information on the distance I'd covered — the ice conditions, the temperature — and a daily ptoho. Remember, 2001, we had less than two hours radio caotcnt with the outside wolrd. Last year, blogging live from an expedition that's been described as 10 times as dangerous as Everest. It wasn't all high-tech. This is navigating in what's called a whiteout. When you get lots of mist, low cloud, the wind starts blowing the snow up. You can't see an awufl lot. You can just see, there's a yolelw ribbon tied to one of my ski poles. I'd nagtiave using the dctiorien of the wind. So, kind of a weird cnaimobtoin of high-tech and low-tech.

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Another exciting thing we did last year was with communications technology. In 1912, Shackleton's Endurance expedition — there was — one of his crew, a guy called ______ Orde-Lees. He said, "The explorers of 2012, if there is anything left to explore, will no doubt carry pocket wireless __________ fitted with wireless telescopes." Well, Orde-Lees guessed wrong by about eight years. This is my pocket wireless telephone, Iridium satellite phone. The wireless telescope was a _______ camera I had ______ in my pocket. And every single day of the 72 days I was alone on the ice, I was blogging live from my tent, sending back a little _____ piece, _______ back information on the distance I'd covered — the ice conditions, the temperature — and a daily _____. Remember, 2001, we had less than two hours radio _______ with the outside _____. Last year, blogging live from an expedition that's been described as 10 times as dangerous as Everest. It wasn't all high-tech. This is navigating in what's called a whiteout. When you get lots of mist, low cloud, the wind starts blowing the snow up. You can't see an _____ lot. You can just see, there's a ______ ribbon tied to one of my ski poles. I'd ________ using the _________ of the wind. So, kind of a weird ___________ of high-tech and low-tech.

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  6. navigate
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  8. yellow
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  10. diary
  11. telephones
  12. digital
  13. awful
  14. world

Original Text

Another exciting thing we did last year was with communications technology. In 1912, Shackleton's Endurance expedition — there was — one of his crew, a guy called Thomas Orde-Lees. He said, "The explorers of 2012, if there is anything left to explore, will no doubt carry pocket wireless telephones fitted with wireless telescopes." Well, Orde-Lees guessed wrong by about eight years. This is my pocket wireless telephone, Iridium satellite phone. The wireless telescope was a digital camera I had tucked in my pocket. And every single day of the 72 days I was alone on the ice, I was blogging live from my tent, sending back a little diary piece, sending back information on the distance I'd covered — the ice conditions, the temperature — and a daily photo. Remember, 2001, we had less than two hours radio contact with the outside world. Last year, blogging live from an expedition that's been described as 10 times as dangerous as Everest. It wasn't all high-tech. This is navigating in what's called a whiteout. When you get lots of mist, low cloud, the wind starts blowing the snow up. You can't see an awful lot. You can just see, there's a yellow ribbon tied to one of my ski poles. I'd navigate using the direction of the wind. So, kind of a weird combination of high-tech and low-tech.

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